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The first of Allen Drury "all names changed to protect the guilty" political novels, Advise and Consent was brought to the screen by producer/director Otto Preminger. The film hinges upon the appointment of Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) to Secretary of State. Leffingwell has been hand-picked by the President (Franchot Tone), meaning that there'll be a battle on the Senate floor between adherents of and opponents to the current administration. Among the participants are veteran Dixiecrat Charles Laughton, freshman Senator Don Murray and powerseeker George Grizzard. Burgess… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"The settings are powerfully like real. A Senate hearing room, the Senate itself, a party home in immediate Washington and varying apartments plus a place in DC suburbia all have the look of genuineness."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Incisive, sometimes brutal, study of American high politics, based on Allen Drury's best-selling novel, featuring outstanding performances from the leads and a great collection of character actors."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Preminger's visual savvy turns that most staid and insufferable of social terrariums, the floor of the U.S. Senate, into a vibrant, perpetually shifting Voronoi diagram."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Grips like a vice thanks to the skill with which Preminger's stunning mise en scène absorbs documentary detail."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Viewing it today, its quaintness and timidness make it seem out of step with the even more insidious contemporary times."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Subestimado em sua própria época e injustamente esquecido por muitos nos dias de hoje, este olhar complexo e fascinante sobre os bastidores de Washington permanece atual em sua maneira rica e ambígüa de tratar seus temas e personagens."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"as a time capsule look into American politics in the '60s it couldn't be more insightful"
‑ Christopher Null,
"There are many other dull and naughty characters in this brisk whirl on the Washington merry-go-round."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A poignant, biting expose of the American political process, boasting a large ensemble of terrific actors (Fonda, Laughton), Preminger's saga set the trend of future, more sensationalitsic political melodramas like Fail Safe and All the President's Men."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The star of this absorbing, mature piece is the American political process itself, which with all its corruption and decency is, or at least seems to be, captured in authentic detail."
‑ , Film4
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